LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball coach Marlene Stollings announced the signing of transfer Najé Murray on Tuesday. Murray, who played the first two seasons of her career at San Diego State, will be immediately eligible to play for the Lady Raiders for the upcoming the 2020-21 season.
“I found a home in the staff at Texas Tech through their commitment to stay engaged in my life from early in my recruitment,” Murray said. “Their program has a history of success and greatness and that was one of the most important things to me in making my decision.
“I am beyond grateful for an opportunity to play in the Big 12 Conference which is the level I have desired my entire life. It was a big leap of faith for me moving far away from my family but I find so much comfort knowing who I am playing for, the girls I am playing alongside and the university, I am beyond eager to represent. I am so excited to give my heart and soul to the Lady Raider Program!”
Murray was a standout for the Aztecs as a freshman and sophomore. A sharpshooter from long range, Murray set the school record for most three-pointers in a single season (81) in 2019, leading all players in the Mountain West Conference in that category as well. That season, she made 31 starts in 32 appearances, and averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals.
Murray led the Aztecs in free-throw percentage at 80 percent from the line, and ranked fourth in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage at 35.4 percent from deep. Offensively, she recorded six 20 point games as a sophomore.
The Stockton, Calif., native was named to the Mountain West All-Freshman team in 2017-18, after leading all freshmen in the Mountain West with 1.8 three-point field-goals per game and ranking fourth in scoring among Mountain West rookies with 9.8 points per game. As a freshman, she also ranked second on the team in steals (30) and three-point field goals (53).
Coming out of high school, Murray ranked 30th among guards in her class, earned three stars and a 90 scouts grade by ESPNW as a three-year letterwinner at perennial national powerhouse Saint Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) under head coach Tom Gonsalves. She reached the 1,000-career-point mark as a senior en route to a spot on the NorCal Sports TV Girls West All-Star roster alongside classmate Kennedi Villa.
As a junior, she was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass Junior First Team after averaging 12.9 points and 2.8 steals per game when the Rams were ranked No. 1 in the nation for part of the year. She was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass Sophomore First Team honoree with 9.1 points and 2.5 steals per game as Saint Mary’s won the CIF Open Division state title. Murray was an All-Sac-Joaquin Section Tri-City Athletic League Second Team pick as a freshman after knocking down 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.1 assists per game.